This week I have some images from Sedona, Arizona, to share with you. My husband and I spent two weeks there relaxing, swimming in the pool at the RV park, and exploring the many hiking trails, mountains, canyons and streams in Red Rock Country.
Why so long? Free camping! We became members of “Thousand Trails” an organization that owns about 80 vacation properties for campers and RVers. They are all in the USA except one in Canada.
The deal is it cost us $500 to join. That includes 30 days of free camping in a year and after that it costs only $3 per night. We also get discounts on all the Encore resorts. We bought the membership in Florida where camping was very expensive, especially since we were there during high season. There are many Encore resorts in Florida and we found that the Thousand Trails membership paid for itself in the discounts we received in Florida alone.
When we saw one of their resorts was just outside Sedona, we decided to stay for two weeks and use up some of our free camping nights.
Sedona is surrounded by rugged red rocks that provide stunning vistas. On one of our first days in Sedona we took a scenic drive to the Village of Oak Creek where there were numerous pull outs along the road. After our drive we decided to return to Bell Rock to watch the sunset.
We only had to hike a short distance on the path up to the rock when we were rewarded with this view looking back towards the city.
I made this image using a 3 stop soft step neutral density filter to even out the exposure between the bright background and darker foreground. In post processing, I polished it off using Nik Color Efex Pro.